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State Dept. of Education to review allegations against Fox

Jessica Cuffman • Mar 19, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Cleveland attorney Harry Taich will be the referee for the hearings, which are scheduled to be open to the public at Fox’s request, treasurer Mike Weis said.

Fox was suspended in June amid allegations of having an inappropriate business relationship, improperly submitting trip expenses and using school email and time to carry on an extramarital affair.

In total, the Huron school board compiled 23 allegations against, including policy and contract violations; unethical and unprofessional conduct; insubordination and dishonesty; poor judgment; and other conduct damaging to employee morale.

Under state law, Fox is entitled to a hearing on the allegations before a neutral referee, with witnesses who will testify under oath and be subject to cross-examination.

After the hearing, the referee will submit a written report to the board with a recommendation for termination or reinstatement.

The school board may then accept or reject the recommendation.

If Fox is then officially fired, he may appeal the decision to the Erie County Common Pleas Court.

The termination hearing is slated to start at 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 23 at Sawmill Creek Resort. Until the time of the hearing, Fox is able to request for the proceedings to occur behind closed doors. Otherwise, they will be open to the public.

Taich, the referee selected for the hearing, has been an attorney since 1973, and has served as an impartial hearing officer for the Ohio Department of Education for 15 years.


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